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    Cool My Ownership and Mods Thread - 2019 BMW F 850 GS Adventure

    In the tradition of other threads where I document the changes... Here it goes:

    Details on the bike: 2019 BMW F 850 GS Adventure
    Purchased date: July 18, 2019
    Miles on odometer: 10
    Color: Lupin Blue Metallic
    Options:
    • Rally Style paint scheme
    • Premium Package
    • HP Sport Silencer
    • Anti Thef Alarm System
    • Aluminum Side Cases with all locks matched to key
    • Liner Bags for Aluminum Side Cases
    • Comfort Seat (I think, need to check the build sheet to confirm)
    • Navigation VI
    • Taller windscreen (should be here this week)


    Photo the day I bought it:

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    After picking it up and riding it home:



    Testing loading the tent, chair, sleeping bag, mat... Amazed at how compact things can be had now... in that photo you can see a 2-person tent, sleeping bag, floor protector, floor pad, stakes, pillow, and one chair!! All off that in those two bags and at under 14lbs. So the side cases are left for clothes and food...and I still have one weatherproof duffel bag that I can use in the back...



    Also ordered this today to protect the headlight, SW-MOTECH Headlight Guard:

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    Ride safe!
    Wachuko
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    Very nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    Very nice

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    Thank you!

    Got this cheap phone mount to test... could not find photos of what others are doing in these bikes to mount their phones... and now thinking about it, with the integration to the displays, there might not be a need to have it mounted...

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    Just thinking out-loud... ..maybe a better alternative is to have it inside a tank bag...

    I keep looking at the bike and there is really not much needed to be done with this bike... I made soooo many modifications to previous bikes. Part of the fun, for me, was doing those... I just do not see needing to do any of that with this one...

    Protection for the headlight is done (arriving tomorrow)

    I did order this... not sure if it will fit due to suspension components , but if it does, it will allow me to move the tool kit, air compressor, tire plug kit, and a few other tools in there for better access...

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    The other thing that I saw was handle straps for holding stuff on top of the side panniers and making it easier to carry those when removing... will get a set of those. I know that the liners have straps that you use to hold those down on top of the pannier, but no handles. Figured these would be more practical.

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    Ride safe!
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    I added the Givi tool box to mine. I had to fabricate my own mount for it as they do not yet offer a ready made one for the 850 and the universal one did not look like it would be ideal. Its a bit smaller than the TT one, but fits all the tire repair needs.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mcmxcivrs View Post
    I added the Givi tool box to mine. I had to fabricate my own mount for it as they do not yet offer a ready made one for the 850 and the universal one did not look like it would be ideal. Its a bit smaller than the TT one, but fits all the tire repair needs.
    Excellent! Thank you for the idea on the mount!! I will report back once I get the one I ordered.

    I just want to take those tools out of the pannier... seldom used (I hope ) and if needed, I do not want to go fishing inside the bags if they are full.
    Ride safe!
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    Also, I suspect that headlight guard will not fit your GSA. I got the AltRider guard for mine based on their listing showing it fit. Once I got it I found it would not as the screw location and signal light location is not the same as the base GS. I contacted them and they confirmmed they had found the same and have updated their listing and said for me to return it. I've yet to find a guard that fits. BMW does show one in their accessory line, so I may have to go with that or run without and risk it until someone does make one for the GSA. I am also toying with the idea of making new brackets for the one I have before I return it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcmxcivrs View Post
    Also, I suspect that headlight guard will not fit your GSA. I got the AltRider guard for mine based on their listing showing it fit. Once I got it I found it would not as the screw location and signal light location is not the same as the base GS. I contacted them and they confirmmed they had found the same and have updated their listing and said for me to return it. I've yet to find a guard that fits. BMW does show one in their accessory line, so I may have to go with that or run without and risk it until someone does make one for the GSA. I am also toying with the idea of making new brackets for the one I have before I return it.
    Oh wow... did not think about differences on the headlight mount due to GS vs. GSA
    Ride safe!
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    I am always drinking lots of water... so I had to look for a way to have a water bottle handy. Before looking to buy something new, looked in my used parts bin and found a cup holder from one of the touring Harleys that I had...

    It is out of the way when riding (tested getting on the bike and sitting), easy access, and on the opposite side of the extreme heat. I think this will work well. The only change that I am doing is flipping the mount upside down since it will lower it another inch. Fine as it is, but will lower it anyway...

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    To Wachuko. What brand is your toolbox behind your left saddlebag mount? Also where are you located? COOL BIKE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EUGENE View Post
    To Wachuko. What brand is your toolbox behind your left saddlebag mount? Also where are you located? COOL BIKE.
    Eugene, I updated my location... thank you for calling that out. Orlando, FL

    Toolbox was ordered and should be here in about a week... ordered from eBay. Keep in mind that I do not know if it will fit without modification to the mounts. Will find out and share as soon as it gets here.

    Here is the link to it:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/1-Pcs-Stain...72.m2749.l2649
    Ride safe!
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    Looking for a few other accessories I came across this:

    I wanted a better/centralized location for the phone. This will work great and will avoid me having to fabricate (idea from another forum) something... Link to eBay - the link is to one that only comes with the thin cross-pipe mount, if you ask them they will send you the 22mm as well.

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    Also ordered a kickstand base enlarger.. read somewhere that these were great for avoiding the kickstand digging into dirt... inexpensive enough to give it a try. Available in several colors... Link

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    Ride safe!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcmxcivrs View Post
    Also, I suspect that headlight guard will not fit your GSA. I got the AltRider guard for mine based on their listing showing it fit. Once I got it I found it would not as the screw location and signal light location is not the same as the base GS. I contacted them and they confirmmed they had found the same and have updated their listing and said for me to return it. I've yet to find a guard that fits. BMW does show one in their accessory line, so I may have to go with that or run without and risk it until someone does make one for the GSA. I am also toying with the idea of making new brackets for the one I have before I return it.
    You are correct... arrived and it does not fit as a straight bolt-on... I am going to see if I can make it fit with a few modifications.... Will report back when done or if I break it
    Ride safe!
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    I worked on my AltRider one today and have a bracket design prototyped and templated. I'll pick up a piece of stainless steel sheet to fabricate them from tomorrow. Also going to redo the tool box mount in stainless rather than the piece of scrap aluminum checker plate I used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcmxcivrs View Post
    I worked on my AltRider one today and have a bracket design prototyped and templated. I'll pick up a piece of stainless steel sheet to fabricate them from tomorrow. Also going to redo the tool box mount in stainless rather than the piece of scrap aluminum checker plate I used.
    Even a smooth aluminum plate will work, lighter than the equivalent sheet in stainless. Guessing that you are doing it for it to look better, because that one looks like it works fine. If that is the case, I agree, a smooth plate would look better since there is nothing with that surface texture anywhere else in the bike.

    As to my headlight protector. Here is an update - Now installed!

    I had to modify the turn signal mount to cut a notch the thickness of the bracket. That meant also cutting the brass spacer inside in it.

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    On the bracket, for the front side bolt, I had to elongate the hole for it to align with the spacer/hole. It also requires longer M5 bolts. It comes with M5x30, had to use M5x40 to reach the nut inside.

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    Now installed:


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    Ride safe!
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    I was going to order the USB dual port that is installed in the factory location... Touratech Dual USB Power Outlet

    Until I saw the price... I just could not do it, simply because I have a new generic USB power port just sitting in the garage. As much as I like that factory look from the Touratech unit, I went ahead and installed what I had. Maybe down the road I will get that Touratech accessory... for now this will do.

    Removed the cover on top of the tank and ran the wires via the side of the tank.

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    Oh, and I did not share photos after I flipped the bottle holder bracket... that lowered the holder 1"

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    I do not have use for the passenger footpegs... debating if I should remove them or keep them in the remote situation where I need to carry someone... thinking outloud again ...

    On last thing, and do not laugh... this is my first bike this tall with a center stand... and for the life of me, I could not get the bike on the stand. When I had both of my Harley touring bikes I installed a center stand, and they were a breeze to get on the stand... this one, I had a heck of a time trying to get it on it... and I am no light weight... Well, found a video and quickly learned that weight has nothing to do with it... it is using the correct technique. Many videos but this one did the trick for me:



    The only thing that I do not do from what is mentioned in that video is having the kickstand deployed when getting it off the center stand... I was told that was not a good practice because, if you are not paying attention at where your foot is, you can land the stand on it...
    Ride safe!
    Wachuko
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